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Notes: 'Popo' Freitas set for comeback fight in Brazil

Brazilian star Acelino "Popo" Freitas will come out of retirement for the second time in August when he meets Mateo Veron. Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Images

A few notes from around the boxing world:

• Former junior lightweight and lightweight titleholder Acelino "Popo" Freitas (39-2, 33 KOS), 39, the Brazilian star who is coming out of retirement for the second time, to fight at junior middleweight on Aug. 15 at the Santos Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, told ESPN.com that his opponent for the 10-round bout will be journeyman Mateo Veron (21-16-2, 4 KOs), 26, of Argentina. Freitas had initially hoped to face countryman Michael Oliveira (20-2, 15 KOs) in a rematch of Freitas' ninth-round knockout win in June 2012, also at junior middleweight, when he came out of retirement for the first time, but the deal fell apart.

• Don King, who has been quite inactive putting on his own shows in recent years, will be back in action as he promotes a "ShoBox: The New Generation" tripleheader at The D Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Aug. 28. In the main event, Trevor Bryan (15-0, 11 KOs), 25, of Schenectady, New York, King's top heavyweight prospect, faces battle-tested Derric Rossy (30-9, 14 KOs), 35, of Medford, New York, in a scheduled 10-rounder. In the 10-round super middleweight co-feature, Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-0, 15 KOs), 36, of the Dominican Republic, is scheduled to meet Mike Gravonski (18-1-1, 12 KOs), 29, of Tacoma, Washington, who has won four fights in a row since his only loss last July, a 10-round decision to middleweight contender Tureano Johnson. In the scheduled eight-round heavyweight opener, Samoa native Natu Visinia (11-1, 9 KOs), whose lone loss was by seventh-round knockout loss to contender Steve Cunningham in October, will face Joey Dawejko (14-4-2, 7 KOs), 25, of Philadelphia.

• Actress Rosie Perez, a hardcore boxing fan, and Hall of Fame broadcaster Al Bernstein, will serve as the hosts of the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame gala and induction ceremony on Aug. 8 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Crystina Poncher, an analyst for Top Rank and Turner Sports, will serve as a roving reporter for the evening, interviewing inductees, their families and other celebrities she may find. Tickets are available for purchase at www.NVBHOF.com.